Most popular Adirondack summer activities simply take on a slight twist in the frosty winter. Many summer hiking trails become well-traveled ski and snowshoe trails, and golf courses take on new life as cross-country ski centers. The 46 High Peaks are always accessible for a cold-weather hike, but if you're new to winter hiking consider hiring a licensed Adirondack guide.

Ice-covered cliffs and frozen waterfalls become popular Adirondack ice climbing hangouts. Area lakes draw legions of ice fishermen, and many play host to popular fishing derbies throughout the winter. Old logging roads become trails for use by snowmobile clubs in the area. And of course, Whiteface Mountain is the place to be for a world-class downhill skiing and boarding experience. 

Be prepared

We love our mountains, and you should too! Please help us protect them by enjoying them responsibly. Before heading out, review Leave No Trace principles, make sure you're prepared for the journey ahead, and familiarize yourself with regulations and weather in the mountains.

The Department of Environmental Conservation is a great resource for more outdoor recreation related information.